ADMH received $18 million for Fiscal Year 2021, to establish and stand up the first pilot Crisis Diversion Centers in the state. These centers will be a designated place for communities, law enforcement, first responders, and hospitals to take an individual that is in mental health or substance abuse crisis. At the center, the individual could receive stabilization, evaluation, and psychiatric services.
The providers and locations of the first three crisis centers are AltaPointe Health in Mobile, the Montgomery Area Mental Health Authority, and WellStone Behavioral Health in Huntsville. The expected date of full implementation is May 2021.
These centers will:
- Reduce the number of hospitalizations and arrests
- Reduce the frequency of admissions to hospitals
- Help individuals in crisis achieve stability
- Achieve sustained recovery and provide linkage to community agencies and organizations, psychiatric and medical services, crisis prevention, and intervention services.
ADMH thanks Governor Ivey and legislative investment, which will help to transform the crisis system of care, dramatically lower healthcare costs, reinvest those dollars to better the quality of life, achieve better health outcomes, and improve life for those with acute mental health needs.